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Louisiana-Lafayette at Boise State: Four downs

Louisiana-Lafayette quarterback Terrance Broadway (8) runs against Mississippi during the second half at an NCAA college football game at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford, Miss., Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014. No. 14 Mississippi won 56-15. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis) ORG XMIT: MSOTK102

Not much has gone the Cajuns’ way this season, but running the football isn’t on their list of things that have gone wrong. Alonzo Harris and Elijah McGuire have gotten off to solid starts this season, and quarterback Terrance Broadway has shown a knack for finding the first-down markers on the ground. But the… Continue reading →

Southeastern coach Ron Roberts wants to see how Lions respond to loss

Associated Press photo by BUTCH DILLSoutheastern Louisiana coach Ron Roberts will lead the Lions into their second spring game under his watch on Saturday.

HAMMOND — This was the time last year when Southeastern Louisiana first displayed the type of resolve that would later define it as a champion. The Lions were coming off consecutive road losses to TCU and South Dakota State, a stretch that threatened to derail their season. Instead of imploding, Southeastern went back on… Continue reading →

Southeastern’s Devante Scott back to form

HAMMOND — They’re still vivid reminders that hang in the locker of Southeastern Louisiana wide receiver Devante Scott that epitomize a dark time in his career. Whether it’s before each practice or home game, Scott opens his locker where the two knee braces he alternated wearing a year ago — one gold, one black —… Continue reading →

Tulane quarterback Tanner Lee will be key at Duke

Advocate Photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Tulane quarterback Tanner Lee passes against Georgia Tech at the Yulman Stadium on Sept. 6.

To have any chance to upset Duke on the road, Tulane needs the good Tanner Lee at quarterback rather than that other version. Lee, a redshirt freshman, has been alternately spectacular and mistake-prone in the Green Wave’s 1-2 start. His eight touchdown passes put him on pace for 32 by the end of… Continue reading →

Duke says it won’t look past Tulane

DURHAM, N.C. — Duke insists it won’t get caught looking past Tulane. There won’t be any peeking ahead to next week’s game at Miami, because coach David Cutcliffe says his Blue Devils have improved but aren’t yet good enough to overlook anyone. Duke (3-0) expects to have its full focus on the Green Wave… Continue reading →

Four Downs: Tulane at Duke

Tulane battles its second Atlantic Coast Conference opponent in less than a month, traveling to Durham, North Carolina, to face Duke. In its first ACC matchup against Georgia Tech, the Green Wave saw a 21-14 second quarter lead turn into a 38-21 loss in Yulman Stadium’s debut on Sept. 6. Tulane has not beaten an… Continue reading →

Around the state

Associated Press photo by BUTCH DILLSoutheastern Louisiana coach Ron Roberts will lead the Lions into their second spring game under his watch on Saturday.

Nicholls State (0-3) at North Texas (1-2) WHEN: 2:30 p.m. Saturday WHERE: Apogee Stadium (30,850), Denton, Texas TV: American Sports Network SERIES: North Texas leads 5-0. STAT THAT MATTERS: Continue reading →

Lions have work to do to eliminate breakdowns

Associated Press photo by JONATHAN BACHMAN -- Southeastern Louisiana coach Ron Roberts paces the sideline during the Football Championship Subdivision quarterfinal against New Hampshire on Dec. 14. New Hampshire won 20-17.

HAMMOND — Film review for Southeastern Louisiana football coach Ron Roberts a day after his team’s 35-20 defeat at the hands of Tulane wasn’t any more palatable than Saturday’s original version. It only accentuated what Roberts saw firsthand in the Lions’ first loss of the season: a lack of execution offensively, coupled with three turnovers, the inability… Continue reading →

Steve Axman named Nicholls State interim coach

Steve Axman

THIBODAUX — Steve Axman, who made stops at several Pac-12 and Big Ten schools in a long college career, will serve as Nicholls State’s interim head coach for the rest of the season, the school announced Tuesday. Axman will take over for Charlie Stubbs, who resigned Sunday because of health concerns, one… Continue reading →

Passing game grounded

Associated Press photo by Rogelio V. Solis -- Louisiana-Lafayette quarterback Terrance Broadway's passing has taken hit the past two games after favorite receiver Jamal Robinson was injured,

Since wide receiver Jamal Robinson exited early in the second quarter against Louisiana Tech, the Cajuns passing game has taken a hit, especially the downfield passing game. Some of the statistical difference can be attributed to the difference in competition, as the Cajuns faced Southern in the season opener, where Robinson racked up more than 100 yards… Continue reading →

Royce LaFrance finding way on defense

Advocate Photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Tulane's, Royce LaFrance (48) picks up the fumble and scores a touchdown during a college football game between Tulane and Georgia Tech at the new Yulman Stadium at Tulane University in New Orleans on September 5, 2014.

Royce LaFrance’s early struggles symbolized Tulane’s defensive frustration in its first two games. LaFrance, a junior end from Helen Cox High in Harvey, played nothing like the first-team All-American Athletic Conference selection he was supposed to be according to Phil Steele’s college football preview. He did not play at all in the first half against… Continue reading →

Nickle package changes Wave’s defensive options

Associated Press photo by Tom Gilbert --Tulane defensive back Taurean Nixon covers Tulsa's Keyarris Garrett earlier this season in Tulsa, Okla. Nixon helps the Green Wave use a five-back set.

The pieces were always there. Putting them on the field together became a puzzle. But when Tulane rolled out its nickel defensive package in Saturday’s 35-20 win over Southeastern Louisiana, the personnel and the system meshed for the first time this season. The return of starting cornerback Taurean Nixon from a groin injury and the emergence… Continue reading →

Tulane releases men’s basketball schedule

Associated Press photo by RICH SCHULTZ -- Tulane coach Ed Conroy watches the action during a game against Kansas State last month.

Tulane basketball released its 2014-15 schedule on Tuesday afternoon, its first as a member of the American Athletic Conference, and the differences from its previous home in Conference USA were drastic. The Green Wave will play eight games against teams who reached last year’s NCAA Tournament, including two matchups against national champion Connecticut. Nonconference opponents include teams from… Continue reading →

Mark Hudspeth says Cajuns’ offensive line stood out to him in loss at Ole Miss

Associated Press photo by Rogelio V. Solis -- The UL-Lafayette offensive line gives place kicker Hunter Stover (45) plenty of time to kick a field goal past Ole Miss defenders during the second quarter Saturday in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford, Miss.

LAFAYETTE — It was lost amid Louisiana-Lafayette’s 56-15 humbling at Ole Miss on Saturday, but coach Mark Hudspeth was high on the performance of his offensive line following the game. After a Sunday film study, he was even more convinced that his offensive front played its best game of the season, despite the lopsided score. “After… Continue reading →

Cajuns’ Trevence Patt slides back to cornerback; T.J. Worthy ascends to starting spot at strong safety

With his team in need of a spark on defense, UL-Lafayette coach Mark Hudspeth is shifting around his starting secondary ahead of Saturday’s matchup with Boise State. Senior Trevence Patt is moving from strong safety to cornerback in place of Dominick Jones. Junior T.J. Worthy ascends to the starting spot at strong safety. The Cajuns allowed nearly 300… Continue reading →

Charlie Stubbs resigns as Nicholls State football coach

Associated Press photo by DANNY JOHNSTON -- Nicholls State coach Charlie Stubbs walks along the sideline during the second half of a game at Arkansas on Sept. 6 in Fayetteville, Ark. Arkansas defeated Nicholls 73-7.

THIBODAUX — Charlie Stubbs resigned as football coach at Nicholls State University, citing “major health reasons” that a university spokesman didn’t elaborating on. A longtime assistant at a number of colleges, Nicholls State was the first collegiate head coaching job for the 59-year-old Stubbs. He took over in 2010, finishing with a 10-38 record in… Continue reading →

Tulane defense found some answers in its win over Southeastern

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ -- Tulane linebacker Nico Marley (20) makes a flying tackle on Southeastern receiver Devante Scott in the first quarter of Saturday's game at Yulman Stadium. Tulane cornerback Lorenzo Doss (6) assists on the stop.

Forgive linebacker Nico Marley for becoming a tad delusional after Tulane’s 35-20 win against Southeastern Louisiana on Saturday night at Yulman Stadium. The exuberance of a dominant defensive effort got to his head. “I believe we can be the best defense in the nation if we play every game and every play like this,” he said.… Continue reading →

Monday morning rewind: Tulane

Advocate staff photo by A.J. SISCO  --  Tulane running back Sherman Badie  picks up a long gain before being tackled by Southeastern defensive back Ryan Sigers at Yulman Stadium on Saturday.

Coming up Tulane plays at defending ACC Coastal Division champion Duke (3-0), which has won 11 of its past 13 games under coach David Cutcliffe and has dispatched Elon, Troy and Kansas by the combined score of 127-33. The last time it traveled to Durham, North Carolina, Tulane was coming off a 49-10 victory at UAB… Continue reading →

Tulane gets first win at Yulman Stadium, topping Southeastern 35-20

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ -- Tulane running back Lazedrick Thompson (33) slips through a hole for a first down in the first quarter while Southeastern defensive back Derrick Raymond, linebacker Drew Misita and defensive lineman A.J. Bowen try to defend in Yulman Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014.

This was the kind of night Tulane spent $80 million for. Under the lights of still-sparkling, brand new Yulman Stadium, the Green Wave showed off a highlight-driven offense en route to a 35-20 victory over Southeastern Louisiana to win its first game on campus since 1974. The 26,358 in attendance saw… Continue reading →

Southern Louisiana hurts itself with penalties in Tulane loss

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ -- Southeastern's Xavier Roberson runs 79 yards on a punt return before being pushed out of bounds by Tulane linebacker Brandon Schmidt in the fourth quarter of Saturday's game.

Here’s the sure sign a team is in deep trouble: Midway through the second quarter against Tulane on Saturday night, Southeastern Louisiana had 89 penalty yards and 19 yards of offense. So much for the Lions’ hopes to shock their south-of-the-lake neighbors. SLU, ranked third in the coaches’ FCS poll and with the real belief it… Continue reading →

Ted Lewis: Tulane gets what it needs vs. Southeastern — a win

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ -- Tulane wide receiver Alec Macias (44) yells as his teammates hit the field before Saturday's game against Southeastern Louisiana at Yulman Stadium.

OK, Green Wave Nation. Admit it. This one had you scared. Southeastern may have been an FCS team, but the Lions were a good FCS team. North Dakota State good. “College GameDay” coming to Hammond good. Meanwhile, Tulane stumbled its way though its first two games, turning winnable situations into defeats though untimely mistakes… Continue reading →

Tulane remains undefeated vs. Southeastern Louisiana, FCS schools

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ -- Tulane linebacker Nico Marley (20) makes a flying tackle on Southeastern receiver Devante Scott in the first quarter of Saturday's game at Yulman Stadium. Tulane cornerback Lorenzo Doss (6) assists on the stop.

Tulane treated Southeastern Louisiana even more rudely than most of the other lower-division opponents it had played. The Green Wave improved to 12-0 all time against FCS opponents, beating the Lions 35-20 on Saturday night at Yulman Stadium. The 15-point margin was its most lopsided victory against Southeastern Louisiana. The Wave beat the Lions 28-21… Continue reading →

Luke Johnson: Ragin’ Cajuns doomed by major mistakes

Associated Press/Daily Mississippian photo by THOMAS GRANING -- Ole Miss wide receiver Vince Sanders dives for a touchdown past Louisiana-Lafayette cornerback Sean Thomas during the first of Saturday's game in Oxford, Miss.

OXFORD, Miss. — Mark Hudspeth didn’t have to gaze long into his crystal ball to come up with a message to his team before the opening kickoff of UL-Lafayette’s 56-15 loss to the No. 14 Ole Miss Rebels on their home field. “I told our team before the game that the team that wins… Continue reading →

Ole Miss 56, UL-Lafayette 15: Three-and-out

Associated Press photo by ROGELIO V. SOLIS -- Louisiana-Lafayette running back Alonzo Harris, left, runs into Ole Miss defensive back Anthony Alford on his way to an 8-yard touchdown run in the second half of Saturday's game at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford, Miss. The Rebels won 56-15.

1. WHAT WE LEARNED This is just more reinforcement of what we learned last week: Defensively, the Cajuns are in trouble. Normally, a Southeastern Conference team beats a Sun Belt team by simply imposing its will, but the Cajuns weren’t simply outmanned. Rebels receivers were running free and clear for most of the day (if not… Continue reading →

Bethune-Cookman rallies over Grambling

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Quentin Williams threw for 165 yards and ran for two touchdowns to rally Bethune-Cookman to a 36-23 comeback win over Grambling on Saturday. Trailing 23-22 in the fourth quarter, Bethune-Cookman (2-0) drove 46 yards to set up a Haden Hoggarth field goal but took the first down instead after a… Continue reading →

SLU: ‘We’re not scared’ of FCS member Tulane

Photo provided by Southeastern Louisiana public info/RANDY BERGERON -- Southern Utah defensive end James Cowser (53) closes in as linebacker Taylor Pili slows down Southeastern quarterback Bryan Bennett in the first half Sept. 6 in Hammond.

HAMMOND — During his two-year stay at Oregon, Southeastern Louisiana quarterback Bryan Bennett played in two games during his career that involved Football Championship Subdivision opponents. Predictably, the high-powered Ducks of the Football Bowl Subdivision proved too much and won those games by an average of 49 points, with Bennett coming in in relief against… Continue reading →

Tulane quarterback Tanner Lee to start, has tough challenge in FCS power SLU

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ -- Tulane quarterback Tanner Lee passes in the third quarter under pressure from Georgia Tech linebacker Quayshawn Nealy (54) while defensive back Jamal Golden (4) covers Tulane running back Dontrell Hilliard (26) on Sept. 6 at Yulman Stadium. Georgia Tech won 38-21.

Despite not practicing much until Thursday, redshirt freshman quarterback Tanner Lee will start for Tulane against Southeastern Louisiana. It is an indication both of Lee’s importance to the team and the respect coach Curtis Johnson has for the Lions. Coming off a run deep in the 2013 Football Championship Subdivision playoffs, Southeastern Louisiana is nothing like… Continue reading →

Cajuns draw tough assignment in No. 14 Ole Miss

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Ragin' Cajuns coach Mark Hudspeth leads the team onto the field for the home opener against Southern on Sept. 6 at Cajun Field.

It’s bad enough that Louisiana-Lafayette has never beaten a Southeastern Conference team in 37 tries, or that the Ragin’ Cajuns are coming off their most disappointing performance in a couple of seasons. It’s not enough to face an Ole Miss team that has averaged 38 points in its first two games, and one whose defense ranks fifth… Continue reading →

Cajuns have plenty of ties to Mississippi

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Cajuns defensive lineman Justin Hamilton, from Natchez, Miss., chases Southern quarterback Deonte Shorts on Aug. 30 at Cajun Field in Lafayette.

Senior center Terry Johnson was too short. Playing about two miles from Ole Miss’ campus at Oxford High School, Johnson was a good prep football player, earning second-team all state honors as a senior. But the Ole Miss staff under then-coach Houston Nutt was more concerned about Johnson’s measurables than his on-field performance. “They… Continue reading →

UL-Lafayette at Ole Miss: Four downs

Associated Press photo by MARK HUMPHREY -- Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace passes against Vanderbilt in the first quarter Sept. 6 in Nashville, Tenn.

Not only are a healthy number of Cajuns players familiar with Ole Miss from growing up in Mississippi, but members of the Cajuns coaching staff are familiar with some of the Rebels’ most talented players from their time on the recruiting trail with rival Mississippi State. Said assistant head coach Reed Stringer,… Continue reading →

Around the state: Football preview capsules

Associated Press photo by DANNY JOHNSTON -- Nicholls State coach Charlie Stubbs walks along the sideline during the second half of a game at Arkansas on Sept. 6 in Fayetteville, Ark. Arkansas defeated Nicholls 73-7.

WHEN: 4 p.m. Saturday WHERE: Municipal Stadium (9,601), Daytona Beach, Fla. TV: None STAT THAT MATTERS: Stephen Johnson was the Tigers’ leading passer against Houston, going 11-of-18 attempts for 151 yards and two interceptions. NOTES: The tough road continues for Grambling heading into the third week of the season. After suffering a season-opening… Continue reading →

Cody Sokol throws 5 TDs in Louisiana Tech win

DENTON, Texas — Cody Sokol threw five touchdown passes as Louisiana Tech rolled over North Texas 42-21 at Apogee Stadium on Thursday night. Sokol connected with eight different receivers to claim Tech’s first Conference USA victory of the season. The senior was 20-for-31 for 243 yards, including two touchdown passes to Paul… Continue reading →

Ex-Tulane defensive back Jordan Batiste prepares to face former team as part of Southeastern Louisiana secondary

Photo provided by Randy Bergeron/SLU Public Information -- Southeastern Louisiana defensive back Jordan Batiste returning an interception against Southern Utah.

HAMMOND — Three years ago, Jordan Batiste couldn’t wait to get to Tulane and embark on his college football career. Batiste, then 17 years old, graduated a semester early from Lutcher High, enrolled for the spring semester at Tulane and went through spring workouts with Green Wave. Batiste put the finishing touches on what… Continue reading →

Ragin’ Cajuns vow to move forward, but not forget feeling of Louisiana Tech loss

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- UL-Lafayette wide receiver Al Riles is tackled by Louisiana Tech defensive back Colby Brown during Saturday's game at Cajun Field in Lafayette.

In the immediate aftermath of UL-Lafayette’s 48-20 loss to Louisiana Tech, coach Mark Hudspeth said adversity has a knack for pointing out the true leaders on a football team. It didn’t take long for that to be settled. “When your quarterback is grabbing the bull by the horns, you’re pretty excited about it,” Hudspeth said.… Continue reading →

Ragin’ Cajuns ramp up intensity at Wednesday practice

Advocate file photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Terry Johnson, left, defends Christian Ringo during a UL-Lafayette pracice last month at the team's training facility. The team had its first 'Cajun in the Ring' drill of the season Wednesday.

Looking to rediscover what gave his team an edge in recent seasons, UL-Lafayette coach Mark Hudspeth noticeably ramped up the intensity at Wednesday’s practice. It started immediately after the team finished its stretches. When players gathered at the center of the indoor practice field to kick off practice, Hudspeth re-introduced a staple of prior years with the team’s… Continue reading →